Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy
Chiang Mai farming
and Khao Soy
Any city along a river is destined to put a different light on its view and Chiang Mai’s Ping River
is definitely not an exception. A gentle boat rides ends at a local farm where traditional
harvest techniques are used and a bowl of Khao Soy is served.
WHY THIS TOUR?
The capital of the north requires little introduction; blissfully located among mountains, valleys and fertile grounds, Chiang Mai brings forward a sense of Thailand in a more docile way than its big brother Bangkok. A myriad of rivers, flowing along the foothills, assure a constant flow of water for agricultural means with the Mae Ping taking on the supply for the Chiang Mai region on its account.
A calm stream that hugs the city’s central districts, a farmer’s life along the Ping River will pass the revue during this 2.5 hour excursion is the end station of this 2.5 hour boating trip. Topped up with a local bowl of Khao Soy at a local farm, and you have an insight in a farmer’s life.
08:30 - 11:00
14:30 - 17:00
We start this short yet sweet excursion with a short transfer to the Chaimongkol docking area of an exhilarating 45-minutes cruise over the Mae Ping River. Chiang Mai life from the river takes on a completely new persona once you had a taste of the city. The Rose of the North’s Mae Ping River splits the modern part with the more local side where temples, old wooden houses and local communities still thrive. With modern times interspersed along the river banks, the overall colourful scenery and witness the lifestyle of the local people is something that has retained over time.
The cruise ends with a visit to a local farmhouse with its own herbs, vegetables and fruit gardens. On the farm you observe yourself how the cultivation of jasmine rice and a variety of herbs for use both in medicine and cookery are tended to in traditional fashion. Guided by the local family, visitors truly get a feel and taste of how former generations infused their knowledge in the current farming life cycle.
A selection of seasonal fresh fruit is there to be tried out in combination with the taste of lemon-grass and other herb juices. You should not leave Chiang Mai without tasting the local dish, Khao Soy, a smooth, spicy, noodle in curry soup. Return transfer from the farm to your downtown Chiang Mai hotel is included.